Animal Crackers Synopsis
A zoo worker, cautiously washing down Marysue the elephant, considers the strange, grim fragments he's heard of his co-workers' lives. Giraffes demand better living conditions and stage a mock group suicide. A girl escapes her repressive finishing school to find freedom with the monkeys in the African jungle. Snake or dog, buffalo, cat or turkey, each animal in Hannah Tinti's brilliant, darkly comic collection holds up a disturbing mirror to the human beings around it.
Animal Crackers Press Reviews
'At times her style recalls Flannery O'Connor; the stories embedded with incidental Gothic details ... considerable writing skill' Independent on Sunday * Independent on Sunday * 'A stunning new writer. These are important stories and they really are crackers - told with tremendous wit, brilliance and verve. They may well be the 'Just So' stories of our troubled times' Roger Deakin (author of Waterlog: A Swimmer's Journey Through Britain) * Roger Deakin (author of WATERLOG: A Swimmer's Jour * 'Tinti writes a sharp, snappy, deadpan prose that shifts easily between black, knockabout comedy and a more tender form of irony. This is a witty, lively and inventive collection of stories' Telegraph * Saturday Telegraph * 'Tinti revisits the familiar territory of the American short story - troubled homes, dysfunctional families and peevish marriages - but gives it a shot of grotesque vigour through these connections to the animal kingdom. They're tart and unnerving with a delicious shudder of gothic.' Guardian, 02/04/05 * Guardian * 'Don't be deceived by the animals prancing about the cover of this short-story collection. There are dark, dark tales within... Tinti laces her stories with a fine thread of black humour... Refreshingly original, bold and accomplished' Glasgow Herald * Glasgow Herald * 'Children and beasts of all sorts dominate Hannah Tinti's first book... a quirky, often disturbing collection. Hers is a world where things are jarringly out of kilter, a world of transformation, casual violence and twisted feelings... Animals and humans alike, Tinti gets under their skin' Daily Mail (Lee Langley) * Daily Mail (Lee Langley) * 'Eleven lively, original, but rather black short stories ... Not a book for the faint-hearted' Bournemouth Daily Echo, 06/05/05 * Bournemouth Daily Echo * 'Tinti can hook a reader with a first sentence' New York Metro * New York Metro * 'Tinti revisits the familiar territory of the American short story - troubled homes, dysfunctional families and peevish marriages - but gives it a shot of grotesque vigour through these connections to the animal kingdom. They're tart and unnerving with a delicious shudder of gothic.' Guardian, 02/04/05 * Guardian * [A] lovely and exotic zoo of short stories... Funny, off the wall, economical and bright with inventive language... This is my advice to reluctant short story readers: buy this collection for the bus into town, for the 20-minute train journey, for the five minutes before you go to sleep at night, and you will have animal fun all day and in your dreams at night' Leeds Guide * Leeds Guide * 'While Tinti writes well about things that slither and crawl, what's most impressive is her understanding of human loneliness. These stories resonate with one mournful grace-note after another... Tinti delivers with poise uncommon among first-time writers. Like Edgar Allan Poe and Patricia Highsmith, [she] has a brilliant feel for the uncanny' Scotland on Sunday * Scotland on Sunday *